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Rider teachers react, adapt to new environments

Rider teachers react, adapt to new environments

Sheridan Allen, Reporter/Photographer

September 18, 2020

When Rider students were given Chromebooks to use in class three years ago, little did they know they'd be using the computers to talk with peers both in class and remote. Teachers are also having to make adjustments, altering the way they lecture and deliver their assignments in this ever-changi...

Rider staff, students remember Simmons fondly

Michael Simmons

Sheridan Allen, Reporter/Photographer

September 11, 2020

Rider High School lost a beloved member of its staff Monday when longtime coach Michael Simmons passed away at the age of 54.  Simmons spent the past seven years teaching physical education at Rider. Before he came to campus, Simmons also worked at Zundy and spent a decade serving in the militar...

College recruitment changes during pandemic

College recruitment changes during pandemic

Melina Stewart, Reporter

September 11, 2020

All over the world, COVID-19 has altered numerous parts of our lives, from going out in public and taking health care precautions to upcoming high school graduates and their college plans. Rider seniors Kaitlin Anglin, Jed Castles and Ranse Radtke all faced similar college recruitment challenges duri...

CEC adapts to virtual learning challenges

Some classes at the CEC require students to be face-to-face learners.

Sidney Lott, Reporter

September 10, 2020

Chad Johnson is like any other teacher, juggling with adjusting the equipment used in his class.  Johnson works at both Rider High School and the Career and Education Center (CEC) where he teaches graphic design and audio/video production. He is having to use alternate software this year because o...

Changing Keys

The Pride of the Raiders Band practices in the mornings before school starts.

Sandra Le, Reporter

September 2, 2020

Across the nation, teachers have been forced to adjust their classes to new social distancing policies in order to keep students safe. Some fine arts courses such as choir and band are having to adapt to fit the new health and safety regulations.  “We had to change the order of how we sing in class,” assist...

Q/A with Ashtyn Huff about her wedding during pandemic, new role

Ashtyn (Tolbert) Huff discusses getting married in a pandemic and her new role as a cheerleading coach.

Meghan Helton, Copy Editor

August 31, 2020

Another summer has come and gone, but needless to say this one was different for teacher Ashtyn (Tolbert) Huff. Not only did Huff prepare for a second year teaching in a global pandemic, but she also had to pick out a dress and plan a honeymoon for her Aug. 1 wedding. On top of all that, Huff added ...

Q/A with Dr. Blair about returning to school

Dr. Cody Blair is entering his third year as Rider's principal.

Sidney Lott, Staff writer

August 28, 2020

Editor’s note: This interview with Dr. Blair was conducted prior to the announcement of the first confirmed COVID-19 case at Rider.  Dr. Cody Blair is entering his third year as the principal of Rider High School. This year is going to be very different from his last two because of the pandemic. T...

Q/A with new assistant principal Falesha Wood

Falesha Wood has transitioned to an Assistant Principal role for the 2020-21 school year.

Olivia Davenport, Staff Writer

August 27, 2020

Falesha Wood is a well-known and loved part of the Rider staff, but this year brings on some new challenges for her. Wood has stepped down from her position as an English teacher to take on a new role as an assistant principal, replacing Amanda Mann. The Rider Chronicle sat down with the new member of...

Q&A with Dr. Blair about success, challenges of online school

Dr. Cody Blair is looking forward to the next school year.

Sheridan Allen, Reporter/Photographer

May 18, 2020

Rider's 2019-20 school year comes to a close this week. The Rider Chronicle had a video conference with principal Dr. Cody Blair about how online school went, how it can be improved and how much he missed the students on campus. Q: Did online school go as planned? A: That’s a good question. ...

Staying in touch

Staying in touch

Sandra Le, Reporter

May 6, 2020

As social distancing continues, some Rider students have felt the effect of not seeing their friends for the past two months.  “I feel really isolated not being able to see my friends. I also just really appreciate school a lot more because of quarantine.” junior Isabel Murphy said, “ with...

Passing the time

Passing the time

Meghan Helton, Reporter

April 15, 2020

It has now been a month since Wichita Falls went into quarantine. More than four full weeks of the year confined to the walls of one’s home. While the world outside is raging with good and bad news, what are the students doing at home to ease the boredom? The popular opinion seems to be a range of g...

Q/A with theatre student Sam Eytalis

Sam Eytalis (Last person on the right) stands with other actors in their costumes for the UIL show.

Mandy Huynh, Editor-in-Chief

April 14, 2020

After receiving the chance to move on to bi-district, the theatre department was met with some devastating, but predictable news about one-act play.  Due to the virus, the competitions have been pushed back until at least May. The Rider Chronicle sat down with senior Sam Eytalis, who was looking ...

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